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The Oxford University developed high speed 3D scanning technology of Fuel3D just got faster now that the company has released their new software upgrade Fuel3D Studio 2.1. The software update includes several advancements to improve the processing speed and manipulation of captured 3D scan data. The advancements include the brand new “Cat Bird” algorithm which will increase the precision of the Z-axis. It also fully integrates the new cloud services feature which will increase the speed of processing 3D scan data captured by the Scanify handheld 3D scanner.

Both of the key new features were developed with input and feedback drawn from their large pool of retail partners and customers.

Thew new algorithm improves the z-axis, even on old 3D scan data.

Thew new algorithm improves the z-axis, even on old 3D scan data.

The Cat Bird algorithm will dramatically improve the precision of any Scanify 3D scans. By simply processing the data slightly differently it adds an entirely new depth of accuracy to the data. Not only does Cat Bird work on new 3D scan data, but it can retroactively be applied to previous scan files, so there is no need to rescan subjects in order for the algorithmic upgrade improvements to be utilized. Users simply need to open any previously captured Scanify file and process it a second time using the new cloud-based algorithm now available in Fuel3D Studio. The improved Z-axis cloud processing features have already been heavily beta tested and according to Fuel3D were well-received by the pool of testers.

Cloud processing removes the burden from users PC or tablet.

Cloud processing removes the burden from users PC or tablet.

“We are very excited by these new software and service developments, which not only provide immediate benefits to SCANIFY users, but are also hugely relevant to Fuel3D’s enterprise business. The benefits of cloud processing are key to the development of 3D scanning solutions, by allowing us to create new 3D algorithms and rapidly deploy enhancements via the cloud,” explained Fuel3D CEO Stuart Mead.

The Fuel3D Scanify handheld 3D scanner.

The Fuel3D Scanify handheld 3D scanner.

With the recent addition of cloud-based data processing to the Fuel3D Studio software, the burden of processing the 3D data is entirely removed from the users PC or tablet computer. This allows the Fuel3D servers to do all of the heavy lifting for the user, often resulting in faster processed 3D scan data that is far more accurate thanks to Cat Bird. Any user can access the new cloud services directly through a new menu function within the Fuel3D Studio software that is available once the new update has been applied. Obviously all cloud services require access to an internet connection in order to be used.

The Cat Bird algorithm earned its unique name thanks to a misunderstanding between Fuel3D’s CIO Gareth Thomas and a member of the project’s development team. When the development process of the cloud services project was just getting underway Thomas remarked that the the amount of work that would be required for the new endeavor would be a ‘behemoth’. Unfortunately the developer heard “bear moth,” which led to the unique naming of the new Fuel3D algorithm.

The new Fuel3D Studio 2.1 software upgrade is completely free and the cloud services are currently running in an ongoing beta and will continually be improved and upgraded based on user feedback. The Fuel3D Scanify handheld 3D scanner package includes access to the Fuel3D Studio 2.1 software and has a retail price of $1,490. You can find out more about both products over on the Fuel3D website. Discuss your thoughts on this latest release in the Fuel3D Studio 2.1 Software Upgrade forum over at 3DPB.com.

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